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Are You Time Poor?

One of the problems that many photographers have is that they are time poor.

 

Time poor because they may be have children and have to juggle their business with family life, or they may be time poor because they are bad time managers.

 

Good time management is important in every part and aspect of our lives.

 

Although everyone in the world has 24 hours in every day, how we spend this time determines whether our lives are chaos or smooth and fulfilling.

 

Some photographers convince themselves that they are bad time managers because their diary is full, and they are busy, busy, busy.

 

Photographers are notoriously bad time managers.

 

They spend too much time in the process of photographing a portrait session, too many hours photographing weddings and are constantly rushing from one place to another, and then become overwhelmed with post production, and general struggling keeping their business afloat.

 

Do you have symptoms of poor time management?

 

Do you really take 2-4 hours to photograph a new born baby?

 

You’re kidding me!

 

Do you really take over 2 hours to do the post production on the files?

 

You’re kidding me!

 

You take 3,000 photographs at a wedding, and then take 8 hours to cull and colour and density correct in Light-room?

 

You’re kidding me!

 

How are you ever going to grow your business?

 

Remember the saying….. “ if your business isn’t growing, then it is dying.”

 

 

There are two ways that you can utilise your time better.

 

Firstly you can become more time efficient in the tasks that you do.

 

Secondly you can become more time effective by focussing your time on prioritising the tasks that you have to do.

 

In simplistic terms, work smarter.

 

Procrastination can also be a big factor in bad time management.

 

You know what needs to be done but you keep putting it off, and then you do it when the deadline is close, and you put yourself under pressure to complete the task in time.

 

If you continually procrastinate it can cause stress and is simply bad time management.

 

You can get away with poor time management for a while, but eventually it catches up with you.

 

Manage your time well and you will be able to create more time to implement maketing strategies so that you can continue to grow your business.

 

Poor time management impacts every area of your life, from work to family relationships.

 

You know the symptoms of poor time management; you need to focus your time to become more efficient and more effective.

 

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Everything That You Have Heard About Starting A Photography Business Is Wrong!

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Photography Business Coach Puts On A Happy Face

What a fantastic couple of weeks it has been for myself, and some of the photographers that I have been coaching as a photography business coach.

Some of the success stories……………..

A massive $9,200 portrait sale for one photographer, but the amazing thing was that the client only purchased a bg bunch of prints in just 5×7 and 10×8 inch sizes.

20 plus Mothers Day vouchers sold by another photographer.

Facebook Ads done the right way, are bringing in lots of photography sessions.

Corporate Headshots are still a booming market, with some photographers charging over $300 per file.

Photographer with over 100 engaged couples responding to a Facebook post.

And this email from a photographer who had just one single Skype session with me..exciting because she went out and acted upon my suggestions.

“I just thought I would send you a quick email to give you a bit of an update on my progress since you helped me…

Firstly, I want to say a big THANK YOU for all you taught me and how you opened up my eyes to a lot of things in regards to marketing and business that I could not see.

As you said yourself, I was doing a lot of things right but the things that I was doing wrong and I have changed have definitely changed my business for the better 🙂

I no longer do online galleries…

Every customer now comes back to look at their gallery in-person and I haven’t had one person complain 🙂 I have found this a massive change – not only does it make the whole process easier and quicker, I feel it offers better customer service (as I can discuss and offer solutions to questions on the spot) and my sales have definitely increased.

Yes I definitely still have the odd customer here and there that is adamant they will not spend more than originally planned (just want digital images!) but I’d say at least 50% upgrade to prints as well.

I now have a credit card/ eftpos facility. That has been a major game-changer!

Sales on-the-spot and no chasing customers. Yay!

I am still doing my adwords advertising. After a month or so of trial-and-error with different types of ads we seem to have created ones that are attracting the right customers and enquiries are pretty good.

I know they could still be better but hopefully with time. For now I’m pretty happy!

The adwords is still costing a lot (as I know you mentioned) but it’s returning a profit and I feel it’s worth it as I’m reaching people who I would never reach through word-of-mouth.

My vouchers have started rolling out. I have linked up with a few people who have local small businesses who attract a similar customer. Fitness trainer, pilates instructor (pregnancy classes), mortgage broker, Tupperware representative, birth/children acupuncturist.

I took your advise and told them to only hand the vouchers out as a ‘reward’ so it is valued.

In return for these people, I promote their businesses and offer a free photo shoot if I receive a lot of sales through them.

Fingers crossed the ball will start rolling more with the roll-out of vouchers and business will pick up.

But for now I’m definitely much happier than I was back when I spoke to you, things are looking much better!

Thank you again :)”   Michelle

Why My Sad Face

There are so many photographers who would like to create a better income from their photography.

The sad fact is that only a small percent ever will.

They read books, watch webinar relays, listen to podcasts, have some great ideas, ask other photographers advice, but never act on anything that they have learned.

My sad face.

Michelle is the reason I do what I do…she is serious in walking the path toward success.

Are you like Michelle?

Will you act on some solid proven Marketing strategies to propell your business forward.

Rants Raves And Myths

It was great to be invited back by Michael Coy onto his Cashtography Podcast.

We ranted and raved about some of the misguided information that is being put out into the photography business world.

Pricing, wall art, and the reality of how long it takes to go full time in a photography business, were some of the  topics that we became “fired up” about.

You want the truth….here it is.

Put on your headphones and tune in at http://www.cashtography.com/podcast/21berniegriffiths

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NEW….Magic Business Wand For Photographers

“A great new miracle magic Business Wand designed specifically for photographers, has finally arrived, and it is promising amazing results.

No Photography or Marketing skills needed.

Simply wave the wand over your phone or your computer, and get as many customers as you want.

No need to learn about lead generation and converting clients into paying customers.

No need to set up an email database so that you can send out regular emails to your clients to get them into your studio on a regular basis.

Thousands of photographers worldwide are scrambling to get on board and purchase one of these amazing, revolutionary magic marketing wands.”

Sounds great?

But will it work?

Get lots of customers without having to do anything?

The least amount of effort for the biggest result.

You and I know that it isn’t true.

Because the stark reality is…that magic wand that promises to help you, that is often advertised on the internet, just doesn’t exist.

A bit like when I set out to lose a bit of weight.

I have read many times about a new weight loss  pill, or “how to lose 10kgs in 48 hours!!” etc. etc. etc.

The reality is that to lose weight, I have to cut down on the volume of food that I eat, eat the right food, and do a lot more exercise.

Once my head accepts the reality, I can move forward and start implementing the steps I need to do to get the new body that I am looking for.

Building a successful business takes hard work, a little time, and some know how.

Work Smarter Not Harder

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It seems that just about every day a new magic pill appears to solve all of our problems.

Over the past few months, I have been working hard find an effective and affordable solution for photographers to grow their business.

No B.S. but rather TESTED and PROVEN methods of growing a photography business.

I am very excited to announce that my online course is ready.

Each month there are strategies and shortcuts for you to get MORE CUSTOMERS and make HIGHER sales.

You will not find any promises to instant riches.

You are also smart enough to know that you have to take action and do something.

So if you’re looking to start or to grow your photography business, want to work smarter not harder, and want to build a sustainable business, with up-to-minute advertising and marketing strategies, this may be for you.

Why not work and earn that extra income that you want and also have extra time with the family.

Access to my online Photography Business Coaching will guide you in doing the right actions that will ultimately lead to the success that you may have been trying to get by doing things that just haven’t worked.

Get excited, and go to……….

http://www.createaphotographybusiness.com

If you have been struggling in getting your camera to make a good income, I want to help you.

The course comes with my promise of a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

PLUS I will personally guide you with regular “one on one” sessions.

Happy to answer your questions…. ..info@aswpp.com.au

PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT DYING…INNOVATION, AND THE ABILITY TO ADAPT AND IMPLEMENT CHANGE IS.

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Is Your Life And Photography Like Tug-of-war?

I suppose as I reflect on my forty plus years of being a studio owner, there were lots of things happening in the family as well as in my business.

A business, just like family life is a moving thing, yet we constantly search and try to find the holy grail of a perfect work/life balance.

I love this recent article from Dave Gillen in Flying Solo.

This is what Dave had to say………………

“26 long days ago (who’s counting) my wife gave birth to two milk-swilling intruders twins and our lives changed.

Needless to say it’s been a challenging time for my business – I have less time, less sleep, and more to do.

So what do you do when life happens?

Do you downgrade your business goals?

Delay them?

Forget about them?

Well it might surprise you, but three weeks of sleep deprivation and unrelenting demands on my time are resulting in the biggest steps forward for my business in two years.

 

Here’s how I turned what seemed like obstacles into a breakthrough.

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“Three weeks of sleep deprivation and unrelenting demands on my time are resulting in the biggest steps forward for my business in two years.”

I remembered what I was really chasing

When you’re chasing a goal and something starts eating away your precious time it can be frustrating.

But sometimes we forget what we were chasing in the first place. I remembered that money and business success are just stepping stones to getting what I really want, and started seeing that many of the obstacles popping up were in fact the very things I want in life.

Life events (good and bad) are not just diversions and time outs, they’re often the most important things and need our full attention.

I’m instantly happier when I remember that my kids and the time I spend with them are not obstacles at all – they’re the nuggets of gold I’m seeking.

I realised that my life is the canvas for my business.

We tend to ask questions like “Which business model is the best?” and “Which niche is more profitable?” as if we’re designing the perfect business on a blank canvas.

But no business is ever built on a blank canvas.

Your life is the canvas and your business needs to fit its unique size and shape.

When life changed I caught a glimpse of the shape of my canvas changing. That was a breakthrough for me because for the first time I saw the type of business I needed to fit my life and goals.

I felt my constraints made life easier, not harder.

It’s easy to think of new constraints as frustrations, but in fact they are the instructions that point to the business you need.

I used to have a million unanswered questions about my own business. How many hours do I want to work? How big do I want to grow? Where should I specialise? I’ve found these questions difficult to answer in the past, and this constant uncertainty over the details can be paralysing.

Now, with more options eliminated I can spend less time navigating (being lost) and get on with it.

Exciting times for life and business.

All of a sudden we are a family of five, but just when I feared family growth would spell the end of business growth. The twins have brought with them a clearer set of instructions for business than I’ve ever had before.

This clarity has brought some rapid progress already – I’m now working to a specific design for my business (instead of broader goals like growth), and I no longer feel life is competing with business.

Do your life and business work together or is it more like tug-of-war?

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Your Time To Shine

You have the tools for your photography, now you need the business tools to fill your business with customers.

Is it time for you to take the next step in your business?

Is It Your Time To Shine?

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Welcome to my BRAND NEW ONLINE COURSE called “CREATE A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS.”

little money from your photography passion.

Like to know more?

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I Couldn’t Believe It.

I Couldn’t Believe It

I had a massive response from my last newsletter about selling prints not pixels.

Everyone agreed that selling printed product was he only way to achieve a sustainable and profitable business, and of course maximise your portrait sales.

While I was sitting having my early morning coffee I received this email from a photographer that I knew………………..

” Hi Bernie….

Good to see you are encouraging the printed medium. It seems that those starting off in the industry don’t have the confidence, and I guess if you don’t entirely depend on photography to make your living, then selling only digital files becomes an easy option. The pity of this, is the spin off that encourages the general public out there to ask or demand digital files.

I recently photographed a family for the 3rd time. Nowadays they have grandchildren, so the shoot expanded a bit. However the $33,000 order made it pretty worthwhile!! Canvases, albums and prints made up the order, and he even spontaneously paid me $100 travel money when he discovered I had travelled 2 hours from a weekend break.”IMG_2474Wow!  I nearly spilt my coffee.

I didn’t believe it, so I replied asking whether he had made a mistake and it should have been $3,300, but he replied that the $33,000 figure was correct.

This certainly is the highest portrait sale that I have heard of in the last couple of years, and it smashes the previous $22,000 record sale that one of my clients did last year.

What is the highest portrait sale you have heard of?

Are You Trying To Grow Your Business?

Over the past few months I have met a lot of photographers who are just starting out, but are tired of struggling to make any impact on growing their photography business?

What’s stopping you from taking your business to the next level – to its full potential – whatever you feel that is?

How many hours in the year do you think that you are wasting trying to get your business up to the next level?

When is the last time you invested money in seriously trying to grow your business?

Are you committed to making changes and going forward toward your happiness?

Anyone who has achieved success usually has paid a price or made a commitment of money and time?

You do need customers?

Customers are like the petrol in a car.

If you have no customers just like in a car your business will stall.

And if it stays in the one place for long enough it will rust.

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You need the right products, that your customers find irresistable.

You need a good pricing structure to encourage customers to maximise the sale.

You need help and guidance from someone who has been where you want to go.

You have the tools for your photography, now you need the business tools to fill your business with customers.

Is it time for you to take the next step in your business?

Your Time To Shine?

Welcome to my BRAND NEW ONLINE COURSE called “CREATE A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS.”

For just $97 a month, or about the cost of 5 cups of coffee a week, you can move forward in your business with my BRAND NEW START UP PROGRAM that could have you on your way to achieving the happiness that you are struggling for.

You need a minimum of 5 hours a week to achieve success in the program.

Expect to make a minimum of $35,000 in the 12 months from your photography.

It’s ok to make a little money from your photography passion.

Like to know more?

Email me on on info@berniegriffiths.com or call 0418509228 for all the info.

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Sell Prints, Not Pixels

Sell Prints Not Pixels

Many of the photographers that I coach are achieving some incredibly high numbers in their portrait sales.

In an era where we hear so much about photographers selling files at incredibly cheap prices, there are many photographers who are regularly making sales well over $2,000 and more.

Whether it is babies, families, or even pets, there is a big market out there for people wanting to buy wall art, albums and other products that will become priceless memories of their family history.

I came across this great article last week in Photography Spark, that really gives a good case for printed products.

“As a photographer, you should be thinking of printing long before you sit down to edit.

During a shoot, printing should be forefront on your mind in order to capture the correct images and ultimately cut your workflow in half.

It is crucial to shoot with intent to create a printed product that tells the full story.

For example, when photographing a wedding, you know to always get the emotional shots (for example: that moment when the mother of the bride puts her mother’s bracelet on her daughter, the bride).

But if you shoot with intent, you know that images that support that story will help in an album design—the follow up shots that complete the story (close-up of the jewelry; the tear on mom’s cheek).

To accomplish this way of thinking, we need to move beyond the concept of “printing” as only prints, because a single print will never tell a full story.

As children who grew up in the age of snapshots, we may have had them all around us, but we may only have had one or two of a specific story.

As professional photographers today, we are hired to tell the whole story, and to create the fullest account from the images, and to put that in print.

Then we have more than just slices of time but a full record of that moment.

The truth is: photographers who shoot with intent have less design changes from clients because they are telling a full story versus just trying to arrange images on a page.

When a printed product is designed well, telling the complete narrative, it truly becomes an item the client cannot live without.

Whether your images are digital or print, at some point, they will all go into storage.

As we are constantly adding to those images, we just can’t keep everything out at all times.

Let’s take the wedding photo example again; at some point, those framed photos or albums are going to end up stored in a box.

If the photographs weren’t printed out, that thumb drive might end up in that box instead.

The difference between digital and print is that twenty years, thirty years, forty years later—when someone other than us finds this artefact, how are they going to access it?

Someday, that box will be found.

Who knows if the same technology will exist?

Sure, there may be some specialist who could recover the images, but maybe not. If you pull a print out of a box, you have access to a final artefact.

You are basically guaranteeing that you will not disappear.

No matter who finds it, no matter who discovers it, they will have the final product.”

FULL STORY….http://www.photographyspark.com

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.wendy@aswpp.com.au  ph 0417 526 466

How a Single Mom with 5 kids went from Broke to making over $1000 per photo shoot

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Interview by Brent Mail…….

My special guest in today’s PhotoProfit is Photography Business Coach Bernie Griffiths. He has been in the photography industry for over 40 years and on his 4th year of Coaching other photography business owners.

This is a great podcast. We will look at a case study of one of the photographer he coaches and learn from her story. This is a great story if you are just getting going with photography and you are looking for a way to position yourself as the expert photographer in your area. If you’re already running a business and you’re looking at other marketing opportunities on how you can make extra money through Facebook marketing or doing something like pet photography marketing charity, this is also an added bonus for you!

Enjoy! Brent

In this episode:

(02:36) – Being in the photography industry for over 40 years

(05:42) – How coaching works

(06:05) – The Case study of Kimberly Kent:

(07:55) – What needs to be done with Kim?

(11:30) – Why Kim chose Pet Photography?

(11:55) – How to position her as the “go to” pet photographer?

(15:33) – The book project – A dog book

(16:28) – Crafting the pricelist

(19:06) – How Kim do the presentation of the photos

(20:32) – How is Kim doing right now?

Help me make MONEY from photography

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Being in the photography industry for over 40 years

At the age of 15 years old Bernie worked as a press photographer

At 22 years of age he got the dream job as a photographer in a cruise ship

Migrated to Australia from England

After 6 months purchased photography business

A successful wedding and portrait studio for over 40 years

Decided to pass on the knowledge to other photographers

Began coaching to photographers for four years now

How coaching works:

Photographers who implement what is taught

Photographers who take action

The Case study of Kimberly Kent:

Pet photographer Kimberly Kent

Single mother of 5 kids/boys

LISTEN HERE

Struggling as a photographer

What needs to be done with Kim?

Work on her mindset to give her worth and value for work

Attracting the right kind of people

Position her higher than all the rest

Position herself on the market place as the “go to” pet photographer

Why Kim chose Pet Photography?

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She felt she had to work with a niche

How to position her as the “go to” pet photographer?

She gets into the local paper

A book project – promote a book

Invite a local dog charity

Put it on Facebook

Published in the local paper

The book project – A dog book:

Newspaper will inform the people on how they can participate

Kim’s details will be put up in the write up in the newspaper

Kim will photograph the pets then sell the prints

Crafting the price list

4 collections; 1 is the cheapest and 4 is the expensive

Sell wall prints as extra

Kim will do a lot of shoots – gain confidence

Kim will make time for the family to come back

How Kim do the presentation of the photos:

Small room or office

Computer, desk, couch and a TV

Photos will be displayed on the TV

How is Kim doing right now?

Kim progressed fantastically

She got overwhelmed

The phone didn’t stop ringing

She had to all the sessions

As her confidence increased, slowly increase the price list

From a $100 “shoot and burner” to an average sale of $1,000

LISTEN HERE

 

New York Workshop


NEW YORK CITY PHOTOGRAPHERS MARKETING WORKSHOP WITH BERNIE GRIFFITHS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 2016, 10AM TO 12PM

 Learn How To Use Proven Marketing Strategies And Book Heaps More Portrait Customers

Are you frustrated with your ineffective photography marketing?

Your photography is your passion, but you struggle to make a good living?

Are the cheaper photographers stealing your clients?

As I full time Photography Marketing Business Coach, I talk to loads of photographers each week about their marketing, and their problems with Marketing is the same.

They simply don’t know how to Market their Photography Business correctly.

They don’t understand the basic Marketing principals.

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Is Your Business Lacking Portrait Customers?

My goal is to help you simplify your marketing so you can focus on taking photographs, which is what you love, and to have loads more paying customers to give you the financial reward that you deserve.

This 2 hour workshop is best suited for serious portrait photographers who want more leads and bookings for 2016.

To help ensure that this is a good fit for you, please complete the form below in as much detail as possible.

PLEASE NOTE……..There are no catches and I WILL NOT be selling anything.

DON’T MISS OUT……The room in the centrally located venue that I have chosen will only hold 10 attendees, so please register early by emailing details below to wendy@aswpp.comau.

 

A Friendly Kick Up The Butt.

Interview On Sprouting Photographer

I was thrilled to be invited to do a Podcast for Sprouting Photographer last week.

Check it out HERE.

Summary of Discussion Topics:

Your business, and any business needs customers.

The important difference between marketing strategy and implementation.

It’s okay to make mistakes in marketing – don’t overanalyze.

It all boils down to lead generation and nurturing leads through the buying cycle.

Why you need to learn copywriting, and automate your content through the buying cycle.

Testing and measuring everything about your marketing – and what to keep track of.

Making sure all aspects of your business are realistic, including pricing and expectations.

The power of Facebook as an inexpensive marketing tool.

How to design an effective Facebook marketing ad campaign.

What to do with cold leads to warm them up to buy.

There is no right or wrong with marketing, just keep trying and keep learning.

Maintaining professionalism and avoiding the ‘bait & switch’ style of marketing.

The secret to marketing – get out there and market!

Getting Around To It.

If I say to you…………….

You should put your prices up.

You need some new Marketing ideas.

Your website looks very dated.

You should update your Blog.

You should put an opt-in form on your website.

You should send a newsletter to your database.

You say………

I have been meaning to, I just have to get “around to it”.

So what are you waiting for?

The single biggest excuse I hear from photographers not taking action towards growing their business is time.

We all know that an excuse is your heads way of justifying your lack of action on doing the priorities that you KNOW that you should do.

Do you want to be in exactly the same position that you are in now, this time next year?

I know I don’t.

I have already started implementing some great personal and business challenges for next year.

Will I achieve everything that I am setting out to do?

I cannot see any reason why I will not fulfill my challenges and exceed my own high expectations.

What about you?​

Are you going to get “a round to it”.

This year succeed beyond your expectations.

NO MORE EXCUSES……..IN THE BATTLE BETWEEN THOUGHT AND ACTION……THE ACTION TEAM WINS EVERY TIME.

TEST MY COACHING

 

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Too Many Customers?

In my many years of running a successful photography studio, success in business
is 80% having the right mindset.

But of course success comes down to actions… but they need to be the RIGHT actions.

Too many photographers believe there’s a secret ‘tactic’ or just one ‘magic’ thing that will propel them into having instant success.

Yes, it is good to think positive and set goals rather than dream, but, without the right mindset, your actions will never always be keep inside of your comfort zone.

Doing things that make you nervous and uncomfortable, will force you to move forward in your photography business.

What if you took that small step into uncertainty?

Imagine yourself at this time next year, so fully booked that you are actually turning clients away!

That’s exactly what is happening to some of my clients right now.

They are FULLY BOOKED!

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They are super busy doing the right things that will directly generate income.

Not only that, but they also have Marketing plans to activate early in the new year.

Do you know the how?

Do you know how to get your business fully booked with clients.

I guess if you did, then you would be doing, it right?

You don’t know because you haven’t done it before.

But I have! I know what to do.

I started my photography business with $500 and turned it into a business that turned over $750,000 dollars a year.

If you were smart, wouldn’t you want to pick my brains and learn exactly what to do?

How to make all that money that you keep trying to make, but just keep failing?

Ok, so here is your chance.

Go HERE…and leave the rest to me.

 

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